Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

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by Elizabeth Longford
     
 

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Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In this concise biography, Lady Longford, long recognised as an authority on the subject, gives a full account of Queen Victoria's life and provides her unique assessment of the monarch. David Cannadine hailed her Victoria RI as 'pre-eminent in the genre ... the commissioned biography that the great

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Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In this concise biography, Lady Longford, long recognised as an authority on the subject, gives a full account of Queen Victoria's life and provides her unique assessment of the monarch. David Cannadine hailed her Victoria RI as 'pre-eminent in the genre ... the commissioned biography that the great Queen never got'.

Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 on the death of her uncle William IV. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and for the next twenty years they were inseparable. Their descendants were to succeed to most of the thrones of Europe. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria's overwhelming grief meant that she virtually withdrew from public life. This perceived dereliction of public duty, coupled with rumours about her relationship with her Scottish ghillie John Brown, led to increasing criticism. Coaxed back into the public eye by Disraeli, she resumed her former enthusiasm for political and constitutional matters with vigour until her death in 1901.

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"A perfect introduction."  —Daily Express

"Capaciously documented . . . places its author, Lady Longford (author also of Queen Victoria) in the front ranks of 20th century military and political biographers."  —Kirkus Reviews on Wellington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752450612
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Essential Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
263,389
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Longford is the author of Wellington. Her first work on Queen Victoria, Victoria RI, won the James Tait Black memorial prize.

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